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Personally I don't let the weather rule my fishing, wind is a different matter. When the barometer starts to fall back signalling a lowering of barometric pressure and unsettled weather after a calm spell usually the wind picks up up putting some life into the sea and can prove productive for fishing as can fair weather directly after a storm, watch for the barometer to begin to rise then go fishing.

Hugh Falkus who began saltwater fly fishing over 50 years ago, but better known for his Sea Trout and Salmon fishing used to insist if you had time on your hands you went fishing what ever the weather was doing.

"Don't wait for the perfect night that so seldom comes. Ignore the wise acre who hangs up his rod and speaks of thunder; let others tap the glass and funk the ground mist; don't worry if the air is dry or the grass is wet or the wind is north, south, east or west, if you want to fish - then fish. And, which is more, go on fishing - however poor the conditions - because you will neither gain experience nor catch many fish if you don't"

( Hugh Falkus.     Book - Sea Trout Fishing;  page 150 )

Wind however can play a important part in your fishing. Weed floats, so wind direction plays a important part when forecasting where weed will gather, a strong surface wind will push weed to certain areas of a beach. You will then know which area to avoid your fly constantly picking up bits of weed, then again the big fish could be under or around the weed?

Strong onshore winds can speed up the incoming tide making it arrive early, it will push food in bringing our quarry within casting distance, just the opposite scenario with a strong offshore wind.

You need to fish your area to get to know  the affect that the weather and wind can have on it and the fishing.

                   Local weather report       Weather

                   Inshore weather report     Inshore weather

 

BEAUFORT WIND SCALE CHART

FORCE

KNOTS

MPH

WIND CLASS

SEA STATE

0

1

1

CALM

Like a Mirror

1

1-3

1-3

LIGHT AIRS

Ripplets

2

4-6

4-7

LIGHT BREEZE

Wavelets

3

8-12

11-12

GENTLE BREEZE

Large Wavelets, crests begin to form

4

 11-16

13-18

MODERATE BREEZE

Small waves, some white horses

5

17-21

19-24

FRESH BREEZE

Moderate waves, many white horses

6

22-27

25-31

STRONG BREEZE

Waves begin to form, white foam crests

7

28-33

32-38

NEAR GALE

Sea heaps up, white foam blown in streaks

8

34-40

39-46

GALE

Moderately high waves of greater lengths

9

41-47

47-54

STRONG GALE

High waves, crests break forming spray

10

48-55

55-63

STORM

Very high waves, sea heavy and shocking

11

56-63

64-73

VIOLENT STORM

Extremely high waves, long patches of foam

12

64+

 74+

HURRICANE

Air filled with foam and spray, sea all white

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